PIA Press Release
Monday, January 16, 2012
Libertad Nat’l High School wins Kahimunan Festival 2012by Robert E. Roperos
BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA) -– Crowd favorite Libertad National High School (LNHS) bested four other contingents to win the grand championship in the 2012 Kahimunan Festival in a breath-taking performance on Sunday, held at the city’s sports complex.
LNHS performance wowed the members of the Board of Judges and captured the attention of the crowd as the contingent performed a neo-ethnic inspired performance, winning all the special awards such as Best in Musicality, Best in Costume and Best in Streetdancing, winning P5,000 each.
The contingent received P50,000 for bagging the championship title, while contingent number two from a women’s organization in the said barangay received P30,000 as 2nd place winner. They also won the grand prize in the Higante (Giant) competition and Kiddie Kahimunan. Entry number 3, on the other hand was declared 3rd place and received P20,000.
Despite the heavy downpour just before the performance of the first contingent, it did not hinder the crowd at around 3,000 from witnessing the city’s only featured streetdancing competition, held annually in time with the feast of Brgy. Libertad here, in honor of patron saint – Senior Santo Niño.
The 2012 Kahimunan Festival was exclusively participated by the puroks and organizations in Barangay Libertad.
In an earlier interview, Barangay Captain Vincent Rizal Rosario said this year’s festival is exclusive for Barangay Libertad contingents only. He said this is because they experienced financial and time constraints in the preparation of the annual festival.
However, the official said the contingents can hire instrumentalists from the neighboring provinces and cities in the region so that performance will still be colorful, festive and entertaining to the crowd.
Kahimunan is the local version of Cebu City’s Sinulog Festival which is also held every 3rd Sunday of January.
Meanwhile, Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. expressed his elation over the success of the festival as police officers reported no violence during the whole day activity.
It was learned that barangay officials have requested the assistance of Police Regional Office (PRO)-13 to ensure peace and security during the celebration. PRO-13’s Camp Rafael Rodriguez is located near the Sto. Niño Shrine, Libertad, this city. (PIA-Caraga)